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  • Need info on voting choices? VOTE411.org site could help

    VOTE411.org, an online voter information guide, is now available to all citizens of Anderson and Roane counties. Sponsored locally by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, VOTE411 began in 2006 at the national League level. More than 220 Leagues are now participating.

    The site allows users to compare candidates for office in their district, select their choices and create a ballot summary that they can print out, take with them to the polling place or share. To access the guide, the user should go to www.VOTE411.org and follow the prompts.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sensible folks won’t fall for GOP Ebola scare

    Gentle reader, it has been a principle of human existence that we as a species are superior to other life forms because of our intellectual superiority, our ability to analyze and think through things.

    Well, dear friend, recent days would seem to put all that principle in doubt. People who should be paragons of intellect and prowess of thought and analysis have displayed none of these characteristics.

  • Farm in family 100 years

     

    That phrase has special meaning to trio of Roane County siblings who are holding on to the family acreage in Poplar Springs Valley between Kingston and Oak Ridge.  

    “We are just proud it is still in the family,” said Karen Hurst. “We are going to try and be good stewards. We want to keep it in the family and want to take good care of it.” 

    It’s where her father, Hoyt Robinette, spent his much of his life. 

  • Another $100,000 in TVA funds

    Questions remain about the approximately $100,000 in interest earned on TVA’s $43 million.

    “As far as I’m concerned right now, that $100,000 is nobody’s,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Mason serves on the Roane County Economic Development Foundation along with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and Rockwood Mayor James Watts. TVA executives Bob Deacy, John Bradley, Justin Maierhofer and Leslie Nale also serve on the foundation.

  • Early voting sluggish this round

    Roane County’s early voting turnout for the Nov. 4 election isn’t following the trend of the August election.

    “It’s been a little slow,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “We’re not having the same number of voters we had.”

    Early voting started on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the early and absentee total for Roane County through Monday was 1,783.

    “I think it’s lack of interest,” Holiway said.

  • THEN THE HEAVENS SHONE
  • Parker Pressley aims for the stars

    A Kingston resident is working hard to find his way on the road to country music stardom.

    Parker Pressley opened for Joe Diffie on Oct. 7 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, and he was recognized as the Horizon Male Entertainer of the Year for the North American County Music Association.

    “It is just being in the right place at the right time,” Pressley said. “People will call it luck, but it is who you know.”

    Pressley likes country-music classic artists such as George Strait and Alan Jackson.

  • Kingston finally approves measure for septic users

    Kingston City Council members took the final step for STEP owners at their Oct. 14 session, approving a policy that will enable septic tank customers to use the city’s expanded sewer plant.

    STEP stands for Septic Tank Effluent Pumping; it refers to a system using single septic tanks with electric pumps.

    The city had placed a moratorium on such systems several years ago due to capacity issues at the treatment plant.

  • October Sky Festival
  • Harriman eyes projects for TVA money

    Harriman wants to use their TVA image repair funding to utilize marketing such as billboards, give their interstate exits a facelift and improve park facilities, too.

    Those are three of the items city officials hope to use the city’s $375,000 portion of public image repair money for. The money was given out through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation, which was established to distribute the funds doled out by TVA after the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.